Program History

Our current-day Field-based graduate programs in education began at Trinity College of Vermont as a traditional, campus-based, M.Ed. program in 1992. Within a short period of time, the faculty and administration felt that Trinity College’s mission of “serving the underserved” was not being fulfilled. With that in mind, the program changed both its curriculum as well as its delivery in 1995, starting the first phase of a restructured graduate program by graduate sites off-campus where there was a need. Quickly after that, professional educators who already had Master's Degrees expressed an interest in joining such rich learning cohorts. The Certificate of Advance Graduate Study (CAGS) was created to accommodate these learners with more complex opportunities as well as the opportunity to learn with their colleagues. At the same time, The Professional Development Outreach Center was created as another vehicle to support professionals in schools and other locations. Upon the closure of Trinity College in 2001, these highly regarded degree and non degree programs then affiliated with Southern New Hampshire University because of its common philosophy and mission.

The Vermont Campus of SNHU's School of Education has developed the M.Ed and CAGS programs to offer a pathway to an administrative endorsement through our alignment agreement with the VT Agency of Education. In addition, scholarships for degree students enable teachers and leaders to investigate educational delivery models and instructional practices around the world. In 2017, due to alumni requests and an analysis of state-wide leadership development needs, SNHU School of Education - Vermont Campus began to offer the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) through graduate sites off-campus where there is an opportunity to serve dedicated, qualified, educational professionals at this level. Today, SNHU's Vermont Campus provides a selection of graduate degrees and advanced certificates at many different locations throughout Vermont. Alternative professional development also occurs in a variety of ways through original course work created through the Professional Development Outreach Center, which works with partners in Vermont, New England, across US, and internationally whenever we can.

Professional Educators who are interested in beginning a graduate site in their local community are encouraged to connect with SNHU School of Education Vermont Campus Staff via 802-489-5080, info@snhuvt.org or MED/CAGS inquiry form. We will be sure that an information packet that matches your interest is mailed to you!

Professional development partners interested in providing continuing education credit for focused activities through our Professional Development Outreach Center are invited to contact Collin Gillenwater, Professional Development Specialist at c.gillenwater@snhu.edu.

If you are interested in beginning a Ed.D site in your local community we encourage you to connect with SNHU School of Education Vermont Campus Staff via 802-489-5080, info@snhuvt.org or an inquiry survey regarding our EDD program via contact us. We will be sure that an information packet that matches your interest is mailed to you!